No modern U.S. president inherited a stronger, safer international position than Bill Clinton. In 1992, the Cold War was over, and the nation was at peace and focused on domestic issues. Despite this temporary tranquility, Clinton would soon be faced with a barrage of crises, including flare-ups of unrest in the Middle East, ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia, uneasy relations with Japan and China, persistent trouble in the Persian Gulf, the dissolution of the USSR, and disastrous situations in Somalia and Haiti.
In this comprehensive and balanced examination of Clinton's foreign policythe first such book to cover all the global focal points of his administration to dateWilliam G. Hyland brilliantly shows the effects of combining this confusion with Clinton's unique personality characteristics. His first term was marked, in the author's analysis, by murky policy, unrealistic goals, and the mishandling of several crises. By the end of that term he learned some hard lessons, was able to alter his pattern of response, and reversed himself on some major aspects of foreign policyall to benefit, in the author's view, the country and the world as a whole.
About the Author
WILLIAM G. HYLAND was editor of Foreign Affairs from 1984 through 1992, and subsequently, was a research professor of international relations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He pursued a long career in government, with the CIA, the National Security Council Staff, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. He is the co-author of The Fall of Khrushchev (1968) and the author of Mortal Rivals (1987) and The Cold War Is Over (1989).
Table of Contents
Mandate for Change
South of the Border
Oslo and Beyond
Between Hope and History